But his most famed musical association is for his friendship with jazz
heavyweight, Dizzy Gillespie. Gillespie and Sandoval met in Cuba in
1977, while the former was doing a string of Caribbean gigs with
another jazz great, saxophonist Stan Getz. From that day he would
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become Sandoval's mentor. Sandoval defected from Cuba in 1990 while on
tour with Gillespie, and has called Miami home ever since.
On Friday April 10, he plays a free happy-hour gig with local favorites Conjunto Progreso, as part of the ongoing DWNTWN concert series at Bayfront Park. A full bar will be open with drinks and snacks available for purchase.
Tina Hills Pavililan at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Show starts at 5:30 p.m., admission is free. 305-579-6675; miamidda.com/concert_series.asp